February 7, 2006 | By Derek Slater

French Court Deems File Sharing Legal

The French government recently started to consider legalizing file sharing and supporting alternative ways to ensure artists get paid. Today, a French court gave another push in the right direction, absolving a file sharer of criminal charges. According to a press release [PDF] from the Association of Audionauts, the court concluded that uploading and downloading on P2P qualifies as legal "private copying."

Let's hope some of this refreshing thinking makes its way across the Atlantic.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

EFF will speak at Black Hat Briefings on both government surveillance and export controls. https://eff.org/r.nilc #BHUSA

Jul 6 @ 7:14pm

Massive leak of Hacking Team docs exposes the firm selling spyware to authoritarian governments: https://eff.org/r.f6bu

Jul 6 @ 4:40pm

Newest leak of TPP's IP chapter reveals how countries are converging on anti-user copyright takedown rules: https://eff.org/r.jedp

Jul 6 @ 3:40pm
JavaScript license information